module specification

SP5051 - Exercise Physiology (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Exercise Physiology
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
6 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
111 hours Guided independent study
33 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Lab report (1500 words)
Unseen Examination 50%   Written exam unseen (1 hour)
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

This module introduces you to the responses of tissues and organs to acute and chronic exercise training. You will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of fundamental tests used including maximal oxygen uptake incremental exercise tests and blood lactate analysis and the so-called threshold concept and these will be accompanied with relevant lab testing experience.

Other key concepts addressed are endurance, acid base balance, cardiovascular, respiratory and high intensity intermittent training.

Prior learning requirements

Prerequisites SP4051 and SP4061
Available for Study Abroad? YES


Cardiovascular aspects of exercise: control and regulation of heart and circulation at rest and during exercise. (LO1, LO2)
Respiratory aspects of exercise: effects of exercise on the dynamics of gas exchange and blood gas transport. (LO1, LO2)
Acute and chronic adaptations to aerobic endurance and acid-base balance during exercise (LO1, LO2)
Measurement of resting and incremental exercise oxygen uptake (LO1, LO3)
Measurement of blood lactate and rest and during an incremental step test (LO1, LO3).
Testing of responses to high intensity intermittent and continuous exercise protocols (LO1,LO2, LO3).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The basic structure of teaching and learning will comprise theory-driven lectures supported by tutorials and lab practical sessions. Lectures will cover acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise and the theoretical basis for test selection. Lab practical sessions offer students opportunities to perform physiological measurements during exercise and to develop the ability to implement a variety of performance tests. Vocational skills and employability will be emphasised when performance evaluation skills are developed and assessed. Virtual exercise physiology lab sessions will be made available to reinforce the practical component of the module as well as underlying theoretical concepts.

Online quizzes will be used to provide purely formative assessment. Written feedback will be given for the summatively-assessed coursework items. Oral feedback from the written exams will be given in a following seminar session and individually on request. This approach allows for summative feedback throughout the course of the module. It also allows the integrated theory and practical core of the syllabus to be separated into two separate items of unseen assessment.

Reading material to cover the entire module and relevant to each lecture session will be made available and referenced in class.

Learning outcomes

LO1: Understand the acute and chronic responses to exercise of the major physiological systems and the interactions between these responses.
LO2: Understand the relevance and contribution of aerobic metabolism to sport and exercise.
LO3: Collect reliable physiological and performance measurements during exercise and report the results appropriately.

Assessment strategy

Coursework is designed to assess scientific report writing, the ability to analyse and discuss test data and to demonstrate literature research skills.

The written exam provides assessment of material relevant to teaching
Both assessments formats develop skills required at level 6 therefore equipping students suitably and ensuring a logical progression from level 5 to level 6.
• Lab Report (1500 words): Assesses ability to collect, present and analyse physiological data in a scientific manner and prepares students for subsequent physiological research at level 6. Assesses ability to undertake literature searches and critically engage with current research in order to discuss their findings in an academic report format.
• Written Exam Unseen (1 hour): Assesses theoretical understanding of acute and chronic responses to exercise and underlying principles of performance testing